Dog brought in fleas, what do I do?

asked 2018-11-29 06:41:04 -0500

After the owner dropped off the dog, I noticed fleas on him. I immediately took him outside while I figured out what to do. Then I washed him twice with dawn blue dish soap. And vacuumed the entire area. I noticed the fleas about 20-30 min after the owner left. The dog didn't sit on any furniture, he just walked around the house and the outside area. But I was petting him.

I thought they were all gone... but then I noticed one crawling up my daughter's neck. I caught it with my fingers and smushed it in half.

What do I do now... just keep vacuuming??? Are there fleas on me?? where did she get that flea from?

Ugh going a bit nuts here. anyone have this experience?

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janai n.'s profile image janai n.  ( 2019-07-04 20:10:27 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-12-05 04:04:26 -0500

Getting rid of fleas is a lot of work, but worth it to break the egg/re-infestation cycle without having to resort to strong chemical bombs. First, I'd immediately message the owners to find out if the dog is treated and with what, to prevent serious medical consequences. In my area this year, due to climate, more than one vet's practice has told me that pretty much all of the topical preventatives are ineffective and for a while they were getting bombarded with patients coming in with fleas. Even a dog that gets a preventative can pick up a flea hitchhiker. Besides ensuring the dog is bathed, on an effective preventative that is approved by the pet parent (they may authorize you to get something from vet and have their vet bill them or they reimburse you), you'll want to use a flea comb on all dogs after each time they go outside, looking carefully for any more signs.

Also, you must wash All soft items that can be laundered in HOT soapy water (dog bedding, etc- warm will not end the problem). When you vacuum rugs and upholstered surfaces that can't be washed, the bag needs to be removed Outside and thrown out, even if it's not full, to prevent cycle continuation.

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answered 2018-12-04 23:43:28 -0500

I haven't had this problem...yet. But, I keep Capstar brand tablets (active ingredient: Nitenpyram) just in case. One dose kills fleas in about 6 hours. Of course, I would contact the owner before administering any medication. It's important to quarantine the dog in a crate or bathroom to prevent infestation of your home.

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If the owner has not been on top of flea prevention and stopped responding once you informed them of the flea infestation can you charge for administering capstar or request him to come pick up the dog?

Sanjana J.'s profile image Sanjana J.  ( 2020-04-11 17:14:38 -0500 ) edit
answered 2019-10-22 17:38:21 -0500

I had the same thing happen this past Saturday, she lied to me about everything, thank goodness I have all wood floors and no cloth furniture, however I had to message everyone that was coming this week, I still power cleaned everything, personally rover needs to add something if we need to add cleaning fees if a customer is not truthful

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How did you deal with the owner of the dog? Did you charge a fee for grooming or have them come pick the dog up? I have a dog thats covered in fleas and the owner is not responsive. The dog ran away this week too because the owner delayed responding and getting me the correct collar for him.

Sanjana J.'s profile image Sanjana J.  ( 2020-04-11 17:13:03 -0500 ) edit
answered 2018-12-04 14:13:20 -0500

Just had this happen! Odd thing is, the dog's coat and skin is in beautiful condition, with not a flea bite or irritation anywhere on the dog. I saw one flea on her belly the day she was dropped off. I'm having a sinking feeling that the last dog who was here (a couple of weeks ago) left one either in house or yard. I only watch one dog at a time, so I'm in a wait-n-see mode so as to handle this situation..I don't ask about flea control, maybe I should start doing so. :(

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Do not be afraid to ask. I always look at the meet and greet when I am petting the dog.

Barry W.'s profile image Barry W.  ( 2018-12-04 15:48:09 -0500 ) edit

I don't have a problem asking, it's the fact I've never had to deal with it before so I never thought to ask. Live and learn, and modify my form, lol.

Cindy & Stephen G.'s profile image Cindy & Stephen G.  ( 2018-12-04 18:46:14 -0500 ) edit
answered 2020-03-07 08:33:12 -0500

Baths can be given whenever you see much flea dirt (or fleas). If you see one or two fleas and no flea dirt, just do a great flea comb and exam. If you find no more fleas and no dirt, there is no need yet for a bath. Make sure you have the early treatments in place – daily or more flea combing, Shoo tag, light traps and maybe one of the flower essences sprayed on your pet, in the house and yard.

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answered 2019-10-07 15:40:49 -0500

Try to use natural remedies rather than just giving you dog a flea bath with chemical filled shampoos. Putting Garlic in your dogs food can help rid your dog of fleas and other bugs. Vacuum any carpets you have everyday until the fleas are gone, and sweep floors as well. Washing your dogs bedding in apple cider vinegar and anything your dog often touches. Good smelling shampoos making it worse, the fleas love it..... You can take lemon peels and boil them in water for about an hour or until it turns into lemon oil. Dilute the lemon oil with water after removing the lemon peels and dip your pets collar into it. Also, you can make an all natural flea spray by mixing vinegar, water, lemon juice or oil, and witch hazel in a spray bottle then spray the solution on carpets, furniture, pet bedding, window sills, along edges of the walls, and floors. Spray generously only after you've done your flea clean up. You'll have to really take the time to go the extra mile when cleaning to be sure you get every little crack in your house. Immediately dispose of any flea ridden stuff away from your home, far away!

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answered 2019-04-03 12:21:38 -0500

In the interim, between applying the medication and giving the bath, you may comb your dog's fur with a flea comb. Keep a small bowl of soapy water on hand. If you scoop up a flea or eggs, drown them in the soap water, and keep going.

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answered 2019-01-25 17:49:17 -0500

i think it might be ok for you to use a capstar even if the dog is on prevention and i would keep it at home for future use

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